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Leaders speak on investment in sustainable food systems

Leaders speak on investment in sustainable food systems

Story by Memory Chamisa

THE need for African governments to scale up investment in agriculture to support farmers’ transition to a more efficient, resilient and sustainable food system came to the fore at the just-ended Africa Climate Summit held in Nairobi, Kenya.

Extreme weather conditions that can be attributed to climate change are wreaking havoc on agriculture and food production across the globe and Africa is not spared.

As the curtain came down at the Africa Climate Summit Week in Nairobi Kenya this Friday, the continent’s leaders agreed on the urgent need to strengthen food systems and build resilience.

Zimbabwe’s Head of Delegation at the just-ended climate summit, Dr Anxious Masuka highlighted how Zimbabwe has managed to circumvent the adverse effects of climate change in agriculture through various initiatives.

“The Africa Climate Summit has been a huge success for the first time. African leaders spoke with one voice on how Africa can adapt to the adverse effects with the need for the continent to develop the resilience of communities towards climate shocks and other related crises that affect agriculture and food production. In Zimbabwe, we have done extremely well through extensive Agriculture which has resulted in a bumper harvest.

“This has led to self-sufficiency in food, and this has led to us exporting wheat for the first time in over 20 years. Africa must accelerate climate action, focusing on resilient and sustainable food systems that deliver food security and nutrition for all without straining the environment and putting future generations at risk,” he said.

Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Honourable Mangaliso Ndhlovu noted the significance of including young people in climate change issues.

“There is a need for us as leaders to create an intergenerational green investment fund to generate green jobs for African youth. Young people are Africa’s greatest resource to deliver prosperity and well-being for Africa’s growing population while attaining global climate goals. In Zimbabwe, we have an education policy that has seen climate change being taught in schools and tertiary institutions as we reflect our commitment to harness the power of our youth to drive meaningful change. Our vision encompasses green investments, renewable energy, adaptation initiatives, and youth-led innovation,” he added.

The Africa Climate Week concluded with a resounding message that Africa is not just a continent facing climate change impact, but is poised to lead the world in crafting solutions to the global menace.

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